In Cicero’s Shadow
The Catiline Orations were speeches given in 63 BC by Marcus Tullius Cicero, Consul of Rome, exposing to the Roman Senate the plot of Lucius Sergius Catilina and his allies to overthrow the Roman government. (Wikipedia 2014)
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) offered a paraphrasing of the famed and classic orations of his predecessor and was published by THE BLAZE (a Glenn Beck publication and referenced on 11-20-2014) Now I offer it to those people who don’t subscribe to THE BLAZE, because what Cruz has done is priceless in its transcendence of time and circumstances to point out the nefarious acts unfolding today confirm the fact politics is a snake biting its own tail for all time.
Please take a moment to read Cruz’s abbreviated re-telling of Cicero’s oratory, an oratory carrying so great an impact as to be undeniable.
When, President Obama, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that madness of yours still to mock us? When is there to be an end to that unbridled audacity of yours, swaggering about as it does now? Do not the nightly guards placed on the border—do not the watches posted throughout the city—does not the alarm of the people, and the union of all good men and women—does not the precaution taken of assembling the senate in this most defensible place—do not the looks and countenances of this venerable body here present, have any effect upon you? Do you not feel that your plans are detected? Do you not see that your conspiracy is already arrested and rendered powerless by the knowledge that everyone here possesses of it? What is there that you did last night, what the night before—where is it that you were—who was there that you summoned to meet you—what design was there which was adopted by you, with which you think that any one of us is unacquainted?
Shame on the age and its lost principles! The senate is aware of these things; the senate sees them; and yet this man dictates by his pen, and his phone. Dictates! Ah, he won’t even come into the senate. He will not take part in the public deliberations; he ignores every individual among us. And we, gallant men and women, think that we are doing our duty to the republic if we keep out of the way of his frenzied attacks.
You ought, President Obama, long ago have been led to defeat by your own disdain for the people. That destruction which you have been long plotting ought to have already fallen.
What shall we, who are the senate, tolerate President Obama, openly desirous to destroy the Constitution and this republic? For I pass over older instances, such as how the IRS plotted to silence American citizens. There was—there was once such virtue in this republic that brave men would repress mischievous citizens with severer chastisement than the most bitter enemy. For we have a resolution of the senate, a formidable and authoritative decree against you, Mr. President; the wisdom of the republic is not at fault, nor the dignity of this senatorial body. We, we alone—I say it openly,—we, the senate, are waiting in our duty to stop this lawless administration and its unconstitutional amnesty.
If you read the entire oratory which is only one of several you come to the passage which I have taken liberty to paraphrase as Ted Cruz did:
For what is there, Obama, that you can still expect, if night is not able to veil your nefarious meetings in darkness, and if private houses cannot conceal the voice of your conspiracy within their walls—if everything is seen and displayed? Change your mind: trust me: forget the slaughter and conflagration you are meditating. You are hemmed in on all sides; all your plans are clearer than the day to us; let me remind you of them. Do you recollect that in 2013 you spoke to the people and said: ‘I’m not the emperor of the United States … I am not a king”…
I say also that you had sought in so many ways and at so many times been fixated on the destruction of the Constitution and Bill of Rights when many chief men of the senate had left Washington, for the sake of saving themselves and not checking your designs. Can you deny you were so hemmed in by the vigilance of the people you couldn’t cause to stir one finger against the republic; when you said that you would be content with the flight of the rest and the neutering of us who remained? What did you; when you made plans to seize the government by surreptitious attacks and craven efforts to abort the juris prudence of this land? Do you not find this land has fortified itself through recognition of your designs, by the garrison fortified by its right to carefully watch, pay heed and act against your ignominy? You do nothing, you plan nothing, you think of nothing which I not only do not hear, but which I do not see and know every particular of.
You are known in the naked ugliness of your craven ambition to cause this republic’s downfall.
I make no claim to be the oratorical equal of Cicero or Cruz. But, the facts are facts and Obama’s designs are evident to all with eyes that see, ears that hear and the integrity to look past the dogma and designs of anti-American Progressives steering OUR ship of state onto the shoals of self-indulgent power hunger.
Thanks for listening